How to Write a CV (Curriculum Vitae)

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Part 1 of 3: Brainstorming for Your CV

  1. Know what information a CV generally contains. Most CVs include your personal information, your education and qualifications, your work experience, your interests and achievements, your skills, and references. Also experienced people tailor your resume to the job you are applying for. Use a modern but professional format. However, there is no set format for a CV, what you include is up to you.
  2. Consider the job you are applying for. Research the company. A good CV is tailored to the specific job and company you are applying for. What does the company do? What is their mission statement? What do you think they are looking for in an employee? What skills does the specific job you are applying for require? These are all things to keep in mind when writing your CV.
  3. Check the company’s website for extra information about the CV. See if there is any specific information they want you to list in your CV. There might be specific directions listed on the application page.
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Seven Deadly Sins of Job Hunting

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A job search can be a stressful scenario and, as with many stressful scenarios, it has the power to bring out the worst in each and every one of us.  As a job seeker under pressure, you are faced with decisions that could make or break your future.  If you take one path, then you are likely to end up at a certain destination; follow the other fork in the road and you will almost certainly end up at another.  With your future hanging in the balance, emotions can run high and your capacity to remain considered and honour your true virtues may be compromised.

This week we have decided to consider the seven deadly sins of job hunting.  Are you guilty of any of these vices in the context of your job search?

 

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Ten Tough Interview Questions and Ten Great Answers

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The following are some of the most difficult questions you will face in the course of your job interviews. Some questions may seem rather simple on the surface such as: Tell me about yourself but these questions can have a variety of answers. The more open ended the question, the wider the variation in the answers. Once you have become practiced in your interviewing skills, you will find that you can use almost any question as a launching pad for a particular topic or compelling story.

Others are classic interview questions, such as: What is your greatest weakness? Questions most people answer improperly. In this case, the standard textbook answer for the greatest weakness question is to provide a veiled positive such as: I work too much. I just work and work and work. Wrong. Either you are lying or, worse yet, you are telling the truth, in which case you define working too much as a weakness and really do not want to work much at all.

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